Paper and Pulp Mill Workers perform routine tasks in paper and pulp mills, such as placing logs onto conveyors for chipping, and loading woodchip and pulp for processing.

Also known as: Pulp, Paper Making and Paper Products Labourer.

You can work as a Paper and Pulp Mill Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Loads digester with raw materials and chemicals.
  • Regulates and adjusts the temperature and pressure within the digester.
  • Tests samples by titration or standard colour test to determine completion of process.
  • Drains liquid from digester and monitors removal of the cooked pulp.
  • Takes samples of bleached material for testing.
  • Washes bleached material and blends to obtain uniform quality.
  • May be required to add chemicals during the bleaching process and make chemical or electrolytic tests.
  • Undertakes the addition of size, fillers, dyes, alum and chemicals, and tests for correct consistency.
  • Ensures transfer of completed batch to storage tanks where it is kept under agitation to maintain consistency.
  • May mix and cook colouring matter for dyeing product in the machine.
  • Controls flow of wet pulp through rotary screens to paper making machines.
  • Operates drier and calendar rollers.
  • Operates supercalendar to impart gloss and finish to surface of paper.
  • Operates machine to glaze or impregnate paper with coating mixture.
  • Separates sheets from felts and lays sheets in packs, re-presses packs.
  • Separates sheets from pack and dries.

More about Timber and Wood Process Workers

All Timber and Wood Process Workers

  • $1,013 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Paper and Pulp Mill Workers

  • 560 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 19% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Paper and Pulp Mill Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 780 in 2011 to 560 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Paper and Pulp Mill Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and South Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 19% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing77.9
Information Media and Telecommunications5.2
Administrative and Support Services5.2
Health Care and Social Assistance4.8
Other Industries6.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePaper and Pulp Mill WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW14.031.6
VIC51.825.6
QLD9.620.0
SA14.97.0
WA4.910.8
TAS4.72.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPaper and Pulp Mill WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.0-5.05.0
20-246.4-9.39.3
25-3414.3-22.922.9
35-4420.0-22.022.0
45-5430.0-21.621.6
55-5918.2-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPaper and Pulp Mill WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV22.7-21.121.1
Year 1226.5-18.118.1
Year 1110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below34.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Paper and Pulp Mill Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Forest and Wood Products Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Timber and Wood Process Workers who work well in a team, with a strong work ethic and are polite and courteous.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and Processing

    40% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Building and Construction

    26% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  5. Education and Training

    26% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    98% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  3. Exposed to Contaminants

    95% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    94% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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